How can Greg Banks start if the D-line already has Van Bergen, Martin, and Campbell? Or is Campbell going to back up Martin for another more year?
The Wolverine.com: Spring Revelations (Defense)
It appears as though when Martin returns, he's still going to be playing NT and Banks will be playing DT. And in the 3-man fronts, it will be Van Bergen, Martin, and Banks.
Rivals has his 40-time listed at 4.68. Does anyone know if his time is actually better than this?
It's probably electric timing that he ran a 4.68. If you were to do hand time and electric time simultaneously there would be about a .2 of a second difference. A lot of combines do hand timing even though it's not that accurate.
You realize that makes him about dead even with DWarren, right? And wherever Christian ran a 4.68, it was probably a year before he'll arrive on campus. Give him another year of normal development and a few months with Barwis and I wouldn't be surprised if he shaves a legit tenth off.
I thought you were going to ask about the Bible (Christian question)....
The article is very glowy and upbeat about some guys that we will desperately need on defense. I want to believe so badly...
but I thought that was just precautionary.
"With the continued news that four-star defensive back talent Demar Dorsey won't likely qualify academically this fall..."
This is the first time I've heard such a negative slant on Dorsey's chances. Did I miss any new developments?
see Wichitan's response below.
It's not guaranteed, but according to Rivals he has a very slim chance of qualifying.
Again, I'm just the messenger...
I think I'm nitpicking here, but didn't he have a "slim chance of qualifying" when he signed with Michigan, which is why he signed the JUCO LOI as well? Or has he dropped from "Probable" to "Doubtful"?
Rivals gave an update (about a week ago, I think) basically saying he will have to pursue his JUCO opportunity.
Rivals said he'll PROBABLY have to go to a JUCO.
Regardless (to the OP), Dorsey did not enroll at a JUCO. He signed a LOI to attend the JUCO, just in case he doesn't qualify to get into Michigan.
I thought I read on this site that one of the mods on Rivals said that the person saying that Dorsey wouldn't qualify didn't really have any new information.
I've been saying that JT Floyd is going to surprise people this year, and now everyone is starting to notice his play. Floyid and Woolfolk will make a good CB tandem. The bigger problem is depth, as there isn't any. I'm praying every day that Dorsey qualifies and gets in. Cullen should be able to effectively contribute, but I have reservations about Talbott and Avery contributing this year just as Rivals article does. The secondary is going to make or break this season.
we had the same issue last year. We THOUGHT we had a good starting CB tandem with Boubacar and Warren but look how that turned out.
Have they figured out who the favorite at deep safety is yet?
It's pretty much neck-and-neck between Emilien and Cam Gordon, from what I gather.
So you're saying it's Cam Gordon?
Well...I've read that the coaches want/need to get both of them on the field, which might mean moving one of them to spur/bandit.
...Roundtree separate from Emilien on the 97-yarder in the spring game, I don't see what Emilien brings that Kovacs doesn't.
I think the best options might be to play:
- one of the frosh. at corner, move Woolfolk to free and Cam to bandit
- JT Turner to free and Cam to bandit
my sentiments exactly about Vlad.
OT people have been referring to Magnus and his new avatar for a couple of days now, I still see the avatar with the girl in the bikini. I have yet to see anything resembling B Graham
why? if i had the opportunity, i'd rather look at a hottie in a bikini, wouldn't you?
I felt the same way. He got completely torched on that play.
Keep in mind that Emilien missed a majority of spring practice due to a knee injury. He had just been cleared to have full contact a couple days prior to the spring game. That may have had something to do with it, although I don't think he's a true burner even when healthy.
I agree. I think moving Emilien to there makes the most sense simply because he appears to not have as much top end speed, which I've always thought to be absolutely necessary at the deep safety position.
Instincts/intelligence are much more important at free safety than pure speed. In the NFL, you see aging (aka slower) corners move to free safety all the time. Brandent Englemon was a pretty good FS, and he wasn't fast at all. This is especially true if we're going to run a lot of Cover 3, as opposed to Cover 1 or Cover 2, since the FS will have less ground to cover when he only has a deep third.
It would have been nice to see Emilien track down Roundtree on that play, but if he makes the proper read, that doesn't happen in the first place.
Got it, that makes perfect sense. Are you expecting us to run a lot of Cover 3 this season?
Yes, I do. The 3-3-5 is largely a Cover 3 defense, and I also think we'll do that to hide some of the inexperience in the defensive backfield. Our safeties are all freshmen and sophomores, which doesn't bode well if we've got only 1 or 2 guys deep.
even worse by the fact that Vlad lacks the instincts/intelligence AND speed to play deep safety. IIRC, last year during the spring game or an early scrimmage, he took a poor angle and got torched by Minor or Brown I believe. Hopefully I'm wrong here.
No offense, but you are wrong. That was Leach's fault, and Emilien didn't have any shot at catching Brown on that play. On top of that, Emilien was basically a high school senior at that point trying to catch a junior in Carlos Brown. You can't glean too much from that play, other than "Carlos Brown is faster than Vladimir Emilien," which...well...Brown is faster than most of the Big Ten.
I won't endorse your intelligence comment at all. But you are correct that in last year's spring game he got burned, but I don't think it was the play you mentioned.
to only use instincts? For the purposes here they mean basically the same thing. I hope I'm not offending anyone questioning their 'intelligence'. Does it sound better to say football intelligence? Means the same thing in my book, and I hope no one thinks I am actually questioning a recruits 'non-football' intelligence.
Isn't someone with speed needed for that position? Do we have anyone who can run besides Woolfolk playing DB?
Will Hagerup was the name that immediately popped into my head. He might be worth 5-10 extra yards per exchange.
5-10 extra yards compared to what? He'll almost certainly be a downgrade from Mesko.
But better than the guys behind him on the depth chart. Fingers crossed.
I'm guessing compared to the best alternative (T. Forcier)?
So would Thor, The God of Thunder.
Fuck no, douchebag.
Its almost too much, though, when I start seeing comparisons to Crable, etc. The '08 and '09 defenses were so bad, its hard to believe they'll suddenly become the snarling beasts of '06 and even '97. Most of the analyses done by Brian, Mathlete and others pretty well dispel that notion.
I've come to grips with the assumption we'll have to score 40+ ppg for a successful season (8+ wins). We may look like a Big 12 team, but O LET DO IT.
Considering the 40+ ppg level has only been reached 28 times since 2004, and RR's West Virginia teams NEVER averaged 40+ ppg, I'd say that's not going to happen. Around 35+ per game should be enough for 8-9 wins.
The real key to a decent/good (8+ wins) season is the Big 10 schedule. We need to average alot better than the 22.1 ppg in the Big 10 sechedule we scored last season (and '08 as well actually) to have a chance, regardless of how our defense plays. Of course, we obviously need to improve on the 33.25 ppg allowed in the Big 10 schedule as well.
The B10 is key, and plus 30 is what I think unfortunately we'll need
...I'm skeptical of half of this and 100% on board with the other half.
MVPs: Jonas Mouton and Craig Roh
Roh is a ball player; the jury is still out on Mouton, but it's been out a long time. If the verdict comes in soon, I don't like what bodes for Jonas.
The "revelations" were in regard to the entirety of spring practice, not just the spring game.
Mouton was arguably the best defensive player during the spring game so I think the revelations hold true for either scenario.
...whoever argued that should go back and re-watch the tape, most especially the two plays of the 2nd offense coming out from the 3, when Hopkins trucked Kovacs twice. Mouton is not in his gap two plays in a row, both on iso's--the most basic play in football.
Now, maybe Jonas had a good day outside of those two plays, but if you're in base defense and you can't play an iso from the ILB position, you can't play ILB.
However, their judgment was based on their limited observations and those of "insiders." I was also at practice in addition to the spring game, and if Mouton really is the MVP, we're in a heap of trouble.
and you're 100% on it. If you can't make the right read and fill on an ISO play than you really can't play the position. Thats LB 101, and it's one of the first things you learn as an ILB. I love watching teams that blow up the lead back, creating havok before the ball carrier even gets to the LOS. My favorite thing about being the middle linebacker was getting isolated on a back in a tunnel up the gut. That's where speed means nothing, and I'm coming to blast the shoes off of anyone who tries to pass through my gap.
It doesn't seem to be remembered around here that often, but Mouton was injured last spring and thus didn't go through spring practice. Therefore, his first real experience with GERG's new defense was last fall. He didn't do that poorly the second half of the season.
As for Ezeh, well, no excuse - either he performs or Kenny Demens will take his jobt.
The more I think about it, Furman is a perfect fit for the spur. His abilities are pretty much exactly what your looking for at that position. If he is able to grasp the mental aspect of the game, I don't see any way we can keep him off of the field.